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Dan Mullen Extended Through 2018 Season

Football Texture/iStockphoto(NEW YORK) -- Mississippi State extended the contract of head football coach Dan Mullen through the 2018 season.

Mullen, who last season led the Bulldogs to their first 10-win season in school history and was named the 2014 Maxwell National Coach of the Year, will make an average of $4.275 million per year.


"It's a privilege to represent our university, our program and our fans here at Mississippi State," Mullen said. "I appreciate (athletic director) Scott Stricklin and our administration who have given us the tools and resources to be successful and develop Bulldog football into a national brand over the last six years.

"We spent five weeks ranked No. 1 last season for the first time, but we have only scratched this surface on what we can accomplish here. We have created a winning culture both on and off the field and built a program that has sustained success in the nation's toughest conference. I've always said we are going to win a championship here, and I firmly believe that."

Before Mullen arrived in Starkville in 2009, Mississippi State had losing records in seven of its previous eight seasons. Since then the program has had five winning seasons.

Mullen has a 46-31 record at Mississippi State and has won more bowl games (3) than any other coach in Bulldogs history.

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Florida Reinstates F Dorian Finney-Smith

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(GAINESVILLE, Fla.) -- Florida Gators head coach Billy Donovan reinstated junior forward Dorian Finney-Smith on Friday.

Finney-Smith was suspended for the past three games due to an unspecified violation of team rules.

"He served his penalty," Donovan said. "He did all the things we asked him to do and expected him to do."

The 6-foot-8 Finney-Smith is the team's leading rebounder (5.8 per game) and second-leading scorer (12.9 per game).

Finney-Smith will be on the floor for the Gators (13-15, 6-9 Southeastern Conference) Saturday when Donovan tries to win his 500th career game versus Tennessee.

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Rose has Knee Surgery, Should Miss 4-6 Weeks

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose had successful knee surgery and should be able to return to the team in four to six weeks, Bulls general manager Gar Forman said Friday.

The 24-year-old Rose has had surgeries on both of his knees in the past couple years. Those surgeries caused Rose to miss most of the past two seasons, but this one shouldn't keep the former MVP off the court as long.

"There's the old saying that surgery's minor as long as it's on somebody else," Forman said. "But in this case, in comparison to what Derrick's had to go through the last several years, this surgery really was minor."

Rose tore his medial meniscus in his right knee for the second time in 15 months. The previous time Rose had surgery he missed most of the 2013-14 season. This time should prove to be less serious as Rose was able to walk out of the hospital after the surgery.

Rose could also begin working out at the team's practice facility as soon as Saturday, according to Forman.

Rose has played in 46 games this season and is averaging 18.4 points, 3.1 rebounds and five assists per game.

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Blackhawks Acquire Timonen from Flyers

Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Chicago Blackhawks traded a second-round draft pick in 2015 and a conditional fourth-round draft pick in 2016 to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for defenseman Kimmo Timonen.

"We've been working on this one for a while," Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman. "He was a defenseman we really wanted. Setting aside the fact he hasn't played, once we get him up to speed, he's a great player. He's been an elite defenseman for a lot of years.

"We looked around at the other guys. When we get him back on his game, he's a great defenseman, low risk, high reward."

The 39-year-old Timonen has not played this season due to blood clots in his lower right leg and both of his lungs, but on Thursday Timonen skated with the Flyers and said he's ready to play.

Timonen ranks third among active defenseman with 571 career points over 15 NHL seasons.

Timonen has declared he will retire at the end of the season.

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Scoreboard Roundup - 2/27/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Indiana Pacers 93 (24-34) - Cleveland Cavaliers 86 (37-23) 

Philadelphia 76ers 89 (13-45) - Washington Wizards 81 (33-26)

Boston Celtics 106 (23-33) - Charlotte Hornets 98 (22-33)

Atlanta Hawks 95 (46-12) - Orlando Magic 88 (19-41)

Golden State Warriors 113 (45-11) - Toronto Raptors 89 (37-21)

Chicago Bulls 96 (37-22) - Minnesota Timberwolves 89 (13-44)

Los Angeles Clippers 97 (38-21) - Memphis Grizzlies 79 (41-16)

New Orleans Pelicans 104 (31-27) - Miami Heat 102 (25-32)

Houston Rockets 102 (40-18) - Brooklyn Nets 98 (23-33)

New York Knicks 121 (11-46) - Detroit Pistons 115 (23-35) - Double Overtime

Utah Jazz 104 (22-35) - Denver Nuggets 82 (20-38)

San Antonio Spurs 107 (35-23) - Sacramento Kings 96 (20-36)

Portland Trail Blazers 115 (38-19) Oklahoma City Thunder 112 (32-27)

Los Angeles Lakers 101 (16-41) - Milwaukee Bucks 93 (32-26)

NHL: Boston Bruins 3 (30-22-9, 69pts) - New Jersey Devils 2 (25-27-10, 60pts) - Overtime

Carolina Hurricanes 3 (23-30-7, 53pts) - Washington Capitals 0 (33-20-10, 76pts)

New York Islanders 2 (41-20-2, 84pts) - Calgary Flames 1 (33-25-4, 70pts)

Tampa Bay Lightning 4 (38-19-6, 82pts) - Chicago Blackhawks 0 (37-21-5, 79pts)

Colorado Avalanche 5 (27-24-11, 65pts) - Dallas Stars 4 (27-25-10, 64pts) - Shootout

Anaheim Ducks 4 (39-17-7, 85pts) - Los Angeles Kings 2 (29-20-12, 70pts)

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Cardinals Release Veteran Darnell Dockett

NFL Shield (NFL)(TEMPE, Ariz.) -- The Arizona Cardinals released 11-year veteran Darnell Dockett on Friday.

Dockett was entering the final year of his contract and was set to make  $6.8 million this season with a $9.8 million cap hit.

"We have been very clear about our feelings for Darnell and our desire to have him back," Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said in a statement Friday. "After speaking with him and his representatives, we decided that this move today makes the most sense for both the team and the player and allows each to keep all of its options open."

The three-time Pro Bowler missed all of last season after he tore his ACL during training camp last August.

The Cardinals saved $6.8 million in cap space with the move.

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Josh McCown Signs Three-Year Deal with Browns

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Cleveland Browns signed veteran quarterback Josh McCown to a three-year deal on Friday.

McCown spent last season with the Buccaneers and finished 1-10 before being released.

During his 11 games as the starter, McCown had completed 56.3% of his passes for 2,206 yards and 11 touchdowns while committing 18 turnovers.

His signing points towards the end of the Brian Hoyer era in Cleveland.  Hoyer is scheduled to be a free agent.

McCown has played for the Cardinals, Lions, Raiders, Panthers, Bears and Bucs in a 12-year career.

Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel is the only quarterback still on the roster and is currently in rehab.

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NFL Considering Changes to Combine Drills

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Each year college players hoping to make it in the NFL must participate in what is often dubbed the "Underwear Olympics."

What was once intended as a convenient location to gather medical information has become a media spectacle: watching athletes bench press 225 lbs. and run a 40-yard dash.

Now some in the League Office would like to make adjustments.

"We run the 40-yard dash in Indianapolis. Why? The only reason anyone can ever give you is, that's how it's always been done," said Matt Birk, the league's director of player development.

In order to more accurately gauge players to their projected position, the hope is to tweak the tradition 40-yard dash, three-cone drill and short shuttles.

"That's a project we'll be working on this offseason,"Birk said. "Once we look at the data that was gathered in-game this year, it may be important to know how fast a wide receiver or defensive back can go 60 yards. Maybe for an offensive lineman it's only 20 yards.

"We can actually see that in-game: how far are these guys running? What are the real or improved measures of importance and value as it relates to evaluating players and whether or not they should be drafted in the first round or the sixth round?"

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton also supports the potential changes.

"I think you'll gradually see position-specific change where it won't be just one whole new set of drills," he said. "It will gradually phase itself in as we know more and more what we're looking for for an offensive lineman, compared to a running back."

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NFL Appeals Adrian Peterson Ruling

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The National Football League is not pleased with Minnesota Judge David Doty's ruling to reinstate Viking's running back Adrian Peterson.

Hours after Thursday's ruling, the NFL appealed Judge Doty's decision to overturn the suspension of Peterson in federal court. Additionally, the NFL placed Peterson back on the Commissioner's Exempt List. 

The NFL released a statement:

"Judge Doty’s order did not contain any determinations concerning the fairness of the appeals process under the CBA, including the commissioner’s longstanding authority to appoint a designee to act as hearing officer. Even so, we believe strongly that Judge Doty’s order is incorrect and fundamentally at odds with well-established legal precedent governing the district court’s role in reviewing arbitration decisions. As a result, we have filed a notice of appeal to have the ruling reviewed by the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. In the interim, Adrian Peterson will be returned to the Commissioner Exempt List pending further proceedings by appeals officer Harold Henderson or a determination by the Eighth Circuit Court."

Peterson is set to count for $15.4 million against the Vikings salary cap this season. The team has made public statements saying they would welcome him back, however the running back may not wish to return and privately the team may not want him back either.

Last week, Peterson's agent Ben Dogra had to be separated from Vikings President of Football Operations Rob Brzezinski after the two engaged in an altercation regarding the running back's future in Minnesota.

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Vanderbilt Basketball Coach Apologizes for Postgame Remark

Thomas Northcut/Thinkstock(NASHVILLE, Tn.) -- Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings has issued an apology for an "inappropriate comment" during the postgame handshakes of a victory over Tennessee.

Stallings was seen berating Commodores freshman guard Wade Baldwin, Jr. and was overheard yelling "I'll f***ing kill you," after being informed by a Tennessee assistant coach that Baldwin was clapping in the face of Volunteers players.

Friday Stallings released a statement:

"One of our players acted inappropriately and violated what we believe is good sportsmanship following the game," Stallings said. "In my haste to resolve the situation, I made a very inappropriate comment. While obviously it was not meant literally, it was still inappropriate. I apologized to the player immediately following the game. Displaying good sportsmanship is of the highest priority in our program, win or lose. I am very remorseful of my actions tonight."

Baldwin tweeted out after the game: "Coach Stallings is the best coach in America. I felt no offense to anything. We are both fiery people and that's why I chose Vandy."

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